When one or more of the spine’s vertebrae are jostled out of alignment, that referred to as a vertebral subluxation. The subluxation pinches the nerves, which become irritated and inflamed. This, in turn, may affect the surrounding soft tissue – the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Back pain may be experienced as a constant, dull ache, or a sharp pain that only flares up when you move. It may feel like knots in the muscles or muscle spasms. It may be restricted to one location, or it may radiate down the arms or legs. Whether the pain is piercing, a burning sensation, or a dull ache, it most often begins with a subluxation. Left uncorrected, subluxations can result in degenerative damage to the spine’s structure, as well as many other health problems.
There are many factors contributing to your back pain and in combination with each other, such as vertebral subluxations, faulty spinal biomechanics, deconditioned and weak spinal musculature, improper firing patterns of spinal musculature, poor postural habits, poor diet and nutritional practices, a history of activities (work or play) generating high levels of spinal stress. Other causes may include auto accidents, sports accidents, and workplace accidents. These are all common reasons that people may develop back pain. Many patients also deal with chronic, lingering back pain which can be caused by natural degeneration of the spinal column due to aging, bad posture, or weight gain. Arthritis and congenital diseases such as spina bifida or scoliosis can also cause severe back pain. Stress and anxiety can also dramatically increase muscle tension and strain which in turn can lead to increasing pain.
Proper spinal alignment is key in treating current back pain and preventing back pain in the future.
Chiropractic doctors have successfully treated low back pain for over 100 years. Through the use of natural and safe procedures, chiropractors correct the underlying problems which cause and contribute to the majority of low back pain cases.
The main treatment employed by the chiropractor is the chiropractic spinal adjustment. This noninvasive therapy consists of a gentle, manually or mechanically applied force into the segments of the spinal column. Spinal adjustments have been shown to decrease pain, increase spinal range of motion, decrease muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, optimize spinal biomechanics, and reduce the recurrence of old injuries.
The course of treatment will vary for every patient. During your first visit, a complete exam will be performed and x-rays will be taken, if necessary, to determine the cause of your pain and determine if any injuries are present. We will then develop an individualized care plan that can help relieve your pain and help you restore your health.
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